7 items from 2015
Nothing is ever the same again in Castle Rock after Leland Gaunt shows up and opens his antiques store, Needful Things. There’s something for everyone in Gaunt’s shop, but instead of money, the prices must be paid through devious, deadly deeds. Based on Stephen King’s 1991 novel of the same name, Needful Things (1993) is making its Us Blu-ray debut via Kino Lorber.
Kino Lorber will release Needful Things on Blu-ray this June with a new audio commentary from director Fraser Clarke Heston. Fans of the film no doubt are wondering if this home media release will include the extended TV version that features around an extra hour of footage. Kino Lorber revealed they do not at this time have the rights to the TV version, but they are pursuing them and will keep fans updated on the procuring process.
We’ll keep Daily Dead readers posted on further developments. »
- Derek Anderson
A review of tonight's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I have my second wedding at a volcano... "Of course I'm with you. I'm always with you." -Camille Where previous seasons of "Parenthood" have been sprawling in their narrative — sometimes following stories for a whole year, and other times taking brief detours for a few weeks — this final edition has been laser-focused on the end, and on bringing everyone's story to some kind of definitive close, even if Zeek is the only one likely to actually die before the end. Staying on such a long, narrow path all season has taken some air out of the show, leading to fewer three-hankie moments so far than I think many of us would have expected going in. But there can be a power in inevitable moments as well as surprising ones, as our penultimate episode "We Made It Through the Night" demonstrated early and often. »
- Alan Sepinwall
A quick preamble. Over the course of the coming weeks and months, we're going to be exploring many of our favourite movie franchises, and ranking the films in order. Mainly because it gives us a further chance to talk about many of our favourite films.
Inevitably, the ordering in these cases isn't always going to come as a surprise - we go into this with the first and last place in most of these lists immediately obvious - but it's interesting to see how the movies stand in the context of each other. Police Academy week in particular should be a hoot.
When it comes to ranking the Die Hard films then, the battle is really between Die Hards 2 and 3 for second place. But »
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The Performer | Taraji P. Henson
The Show | Empire
The Episode | “Pilot”
The Airdate | January 7, 2015
The Performance | In the one-hour premiere of Empire, protagonist Cookie Lyon pulls an Alexis Carrington Colby and crashes a board meeting of a major record label; schemes her way into a seven-figure salary mere days after finishing a 17-year prison stint; alternately threatens, flirts with and rails against the ex-husband Lucious (Terrence Howard) who rose to fame and fortune thanks to her sacrifices; and — for good measure — beats down her disrespectful rapper son with a broom.
On paper, »
Despite mediocre and poor ratings, Parenthood managed to escape being cancelled for years. But now, NBC has decided to end the show with season six. Will the ratings rise in the final year or will they drop even lower? Will they regret the decision? Stay tuned.
Parenthood follows the lives of the extended Braverman family in Northern California. The large ensemble cast includes Bonnie Bedelia, Joy Bryant, Tyree Brown, Max Burkholder, Erika Christensen, Lauren Graham, Miles Heizer, Sam Jaeger, Peter Krause, Xolo Mariduena, Craig T. Nelson, Monica Potter, Savannah Paige Rae, Dax Shepard, and Mae Whitman.
A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I have the route to the hospital MapQuested... I'm traveling to press tour today (and my responsibilities at tour may make reviewing next week's episode difficult, as well), so don't have time to write much about "How Did We Get Here?" Assuming Zeek's medical troubles aren't a red herring for another Braverman death, this one pushed all of the season's remaining arcs forward in more or less expected ways. Zeek may need more surgery, and might not be strong enough to survive it. Adam and Crosby have a way out of the Luncheonette, but for the second time in the run of the series, Crosby doesn't want to take it. Joel is hoping Julia takes him back for good, Hank is inspired by the drama to propose to Sarah, and Amber even gets a mini-baby shower in »
- Alan Sepinwall
If you cry during a normal episode of Parenthood—a k a if you are human with a beating heart—you will want to brace yourself for this week's 100th episode. We've got an exclusive sneak peek at the return of Parenthood, airing Thursday, Jan. 8 at 10 p.m. on NBC, and there are tears. Oh, are there tears. In the clip above, Adam (Peter Krause) comforts his very teary mother Camille (Bonnie Bedelia) in the hospital chapel. Camille confesses, "Oh, Adam, it was bad. It was really bad. I don't know if he's going to make it through this." Ahhh! The tears! The 100th episode is titled "How Did We Get Here?" and features the Braverman clan rallying in the face of a »
7 items from 2015
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